Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:8-9
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:4-5
A few years ago, my daughter's cellphone decided to take a swim in the sink. Granted, it was only a 5-second jaunt, but the encounter caused it to go on the fritz.
We jumped into action, dried it off, stuck it in a bag of rice (and then Damp Rid), and shed a few tears (her for being without a phone and me calculating how much a potential replacement might cost). And then, we prayed, prayed and prayed some more that her cellphone exhibited the power of Christ and resurrected from the dead. It never did.
The lack of connection killed her. No apps to play. No Instagram to check. No text messages to send. And no phone calls received. She's far from an electronics addict, but being disconnected even for this short amount of time took a toll on her.
The grief she felt is similar to how we respond when our hearts wander in search of a connection they can trust. God hardwired us for connection (with Him and with others) so if this malfunctions we suffer. When the heart is void of contact, it causes tremendous problems in all aspect of our lives. The detachment influences our mindset, our attitude, our relationships, and our actions.
We wander and worry, with nothing keeping us secure and grounded. As the heart looks for its resting place, it seeks out secure links in everything and anything. From prestige and success to possessions and people, it yearns to find security in a connection that matters.
The things of this world might distract us for a bit. Our achievements will fade in time. The amount of stuff we collect during our days can't come with us in the end. Even our relationships with others will sometimes be strained, tested, and challenged.
Other than Christ's unfailing love, everything we put our hope in will let us down. The human soul only experiences a secure and unshakable connection when it's anchored in His grace. Every longing we have is a longing for God. By staying close to Him, we find true rest.
How would you describe your current connection-level?
How are the longings you are experiencing a pang of hunger for a deeper connection with Christ?
God, in You, and You alone, does my heart rest. Let me look to You for the security, purpose, and wholeness of my heart. Satisfy my every longing, knowing You are better than everything else. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.